Caution: The name might fool you. In the Mostviertel region, you think of charming villages spread across a rolling, grassy landscape. You almost forget about the rugged slopes of the Limestone Alps in the rough south of the region. Here, wild water has cut gorges deep into the limestone rock; mighty cravasses that can be explored on narrow paths. Above them—2000 meters up—giant mountains tower over you, such as Ötscher, Dürrenstein, Hochkar, Gippel and Göller, whose ascent is anything but a walk in the park. But do not be intimidated! The region allows for the perfect balance between ambitious climbs and relaxed hikes. After all, you should also be able to take the kids on with you—or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the delicious local food.
This challenging tour is really just for the experienced mountain goats among you. You should be sure-footed and above all free from giddiness to cross the rough ridge. On the alpine scale, parts of the route are rated Level 1, which means you can be on the road without any backups, but you should still…
This tour takes you through the middle of the Ötschertal, where thundering waterfalls in a rugged rocky landscape drill and you can see all this from a narrow, wooden catwalk. This unique canyon system at the foot of the Ötscher really enchants every visitor.
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The summit of the Gippel is a good 1000 meters uphill, so the climb is so pretty crisp. First, the tour leads over the driveway and winds its way through a dense forest, until it suddenly becomes light at the Gippeltürl. From there, the path leads you over a ridge to the Gippel itself, from where you…
The starting point of the tour, the Terzerhaus, is directly accessible by lift. From there, a small path leads downhill over lush meadows until you reach the Vorderötscher refuge, where you can fortify yourself a bit with the best regional cuisine.
Shortly after the shelter, after a steep descent, is…
Careful, this tour can be a treat! It leads past three beautiful lakes, each of which has its own character. The Lunzer lake is clear and deep and therefore invites everyone in the summer to frolic in its cool waters. From there, the path leads past the Mittersee, which lies quite still in the valley…
If this tour is too hard for you for a day, you can easily divide it into two stages. You then spend the night in the Ybbstaler hut, where there is enough space for hikers and mountaineers.
The path leads you past huge collapse holes in limestone, crooked cave systems and species-rich alpine meadows…
This hike will be remembered for the grandiose view. The path runs along relatively barren alpine meadows, which open the view to Schneeberg, Gesäuse and Wachau. On the way, the house in Annaberg awaits tired hikers and provides you with the best pastries and all sorts of regional delicacies.
High up, from the observation tower Hochbärneck, opens up before you a gigantic panorama - especially on the opposite Ötscher. From the vantage point, it then goes steeply downhill, over a narrow, overcut forest road that leads to the Erlaufboden. Once down there, you can recover your tired feet and…
This tour is especially for culture lovers. On the way you will find several old chapels and churches as well as historic hiking trails such as the St. Joseph's Chapel with its vicarage or the Sebastianikirche. You also wander through an idyllic, lush green hilly landscape. At the end of the tour Mariazell…
Extensive pastures and lush five restaurants invite you on this popular panorama trail to unwind. Here you can tackle it for a change really slow and relaxed, because you are looking for vain mountains and narrow trails here in vain. But the tour is perfectly managed and offers fantastic views in all…
This tour guarantees a great fun with children! From the adventure world Mendlingtal leads a narrow path along the old Trift in Mendlingbach, on the way several hidden gems lie. Mills, blacksmiths, drift lakes, narrow gorges, ancient Klausen, a roaring spring and a down-to-earth inn at the end of the gorge are waiting for you!
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